Sony afslører streaming service: PlayStation Now

Skrevet af: Morten Rask - 7. januar 2014 - kl. 19:15
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Siden E3 2013 har vi ikke hørt meget nyt omkring Sony’s planer for opkøbet af Gaikai, og muligheden for at streame spil på PS4, men nu er de klar med mere information.

Sony har ved CES 2013 i Las Vegas, i dag annonceret en ny kommende service ved navn PlayStation Now, som kommer til at levere klassiske PlayStation-titler fra PS1, PS2 og PS3 til ikke kun PlayStation 4 og PlayStation Vita, men også til Smart TV, tablets og smartphones.

PlayStation Now er anvender teknologien fra Gaikai, den streaming service som Sony opkøbte tilbage i sommeren 2012 for $380.000.000.

Den nye service bliver beta-testet i denne måned, og bliver rullet ud i løbet af sommeren i USA, med et begrænset udvalg af tilgængelige spil, blandt andet ”The Last of Us” og ”Beyond: Two Souls”. PlayStation Now regnes med at blive lanceret i Europa i 2015.

Man vil være i stand til enten at leje specifikke spil man er interesseret i, eller abonnere på servicen for at få adgang til hele kataloget. Servicen vil også understøtte PlayStation Network funktioner, så som online multiplayer, trofæer og beskeder.

Den officielle pressemeddelse fra Sony kan læses herunder:

"In addition to PlayStation platforms, most 2014 U.S. models of Sony's BRAVIA® TV*2 lineup will support PS Now. Eventually the service will expand beyond PlayStation platforms and Sony devices, allowing users to stream PlayStation games on numerous other Internet-connected devices.

SCE's vision for PS Now is to enable users to instantly enjoy a wide range of full games on the Internet-connected consumer electronics devices they use every day. The accessibility of PS Now means, for example, that PS4 users in the living room can continue playing a game on a PS3 system in their bedroom. Or PS Vita users can enjoy instant access to a game wherever there's Wi-Fi connectivity, such as outdoors, then can switch to a supporting BRAVIA® TV's big screen and play the same game after arriving home.

PS Now will offer choice to gamers with how they want to access content. Gamers can rent by title for specific games they are interested in, or they can choose a subscription that delivers additional value with the ability to explore and play many games available across a wide variety of genres. In addition, the service will support many popular PSNSM features such as online multi-player, Trophies, and messages.

"We are thrilled to deliver entertainment experiences only possible from PlayStation through our new streaming game service," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS Now will allow users to engage in the world of PlayStation, whether they're existing fans or have never owned a PlayStation platform."

During the 2014 International CES held in Las Vegas from January 7, attendees can visit the Sony booth to have a hands-on experience with the PS Now service for the first time ever. Attendees can enjoy four blockbuster PS3 titles, BEYOND: Two Souls, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us and Puppeteer from SCE Worldwide Studios, on PS Vita or BRAVIA® TV.

Prior to the official launch, SCE will begin a beta program on PS3 systems in certain regions of the United States from the end of January. Additional information about PS Now will be available at http://us.playstation.com/playstationnow.P
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